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Indian unions to block sugar mill strike breakers going to Fiji

Indian unions to block sugar mill strike breakers going to Fiji

Updated 29 August 2013, 18:45 AEST

Trade unions in India hope to block the Fiji Sugar Corporation from hiring workers to replace union members in the event of a strike in the economically vital sugar mills.

The Fiji Sugar and general Workers Union could go on strike at any time, and Fiji soldiers have been moved into the Lautoka mill in order to protect it.

The FSC has reportedly approached retired sugar workers to see if they would break the strike, and said it could hire workers from India to run the mills.

Pravin Khotkar, assistant coordinator of the International Union of Food Workers, who is based in India, says trade unions there have staged demonstrations in support of their Fiji counterparts, and will try to block the FSC from using Indian workers if the strike goes ahead.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Pravin Khotkar, assistant coordinator of the International Union of Food Workers,from Kolhapur in India

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